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Transition of Care: Conceptualizing an Intentional Communication Model for the Camp Community

Barry Garst, Stuart T. Weinberg, Linda E. Erceg, Alli Faricy

Abstract


“Transition of care” is defined as the movement of an individual from one setting of care to another and involves communicating with appropriate out-of-camp stakeholders such as parents, teachers, and community health care providers to identify youth needs (before camp) and outcomes achieved (after camp) so desired health goals may be shared across youth settings (e.g., home, school, community). Informed by management continuity and informational continuity theoretical frameworks, transition of care describes how activities such as recordkeeping and sharing of information from one team of caregivers to another improves the quality of services. When considered within the context of a child’s summertime experiences such as summer camp, attention to transition of care from a child’s academic year to summer, and from summer to a child’s academic year, may improve the quality of children’s summertime experiences by ensuring that a child’s health and well-being are both fully supported and promoted across the calendar year. Transition of care communication practices are strengthened through the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and systems that support the sharing of information across stakeholders. This article contextualizes transition of care communication for the camp community, addressing implications for practice, research, and policy, to encourage the development of a comprehensive system that supports transition of care practices; a system that will require the buy-in of camp institutions, third-party camp software companies, camp organizations, and families.

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summer camp; transition of care; management continuity; informational continuity; electronic medical records; youth outcomes

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2021-V13-I2-10550

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